Sandy is running this course oh Saturday 14 May 2016 at Loch Lomond. Participants should be of 2 star standard, they don’t necessarily have to have the 2 star award. There are only six places available at a discounted rate for club members,this is a valuable day’s training at a cost of 30 per head. The course is described as follows:

Course aims – This training course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. These skills form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing qualifications. The award has two purposes:

  • To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

Course philosophy ?- Fundamentally this course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of their chosen craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can provide the paddlers with the tools to solve simple paddling problems.


  • Boat-based participants need to either hold the current British Canoeing 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course
  • Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold the British Canoeing 2 Star Award; however, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course
  • Be able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
  • Be a minimum of 14 years of age
  • ?A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite; however the holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers

Course content

1. General theory and planning

a. Safety

b. Rescue protocols.

2. Bank-based rescues

a. Coach a swimmer to shore

b. Rescue a swimmer with a rigid aid

c. Rescue a swimmer using a throw line

3. Boat-based rescues

a. Rescue a swimmer from the water

b. Rescue a capsized paddler using a deep water rescue

c. Rescue an unconscious or entrapped paddler from their boat

d. Use of towlines

e. Self-rescue

f. All-in rescue

4. Scenarios